Detroit has the building blocks to re-emerge

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

A veteran business leader recently observed that it was refreshing to see the focus of the Mackinac Policy Conference shift from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right” in Metro Detroit.

The Detroit Regional Chamber deserves credit for setting that tone, choreographing opportunities for the 1,500 attendees to explore the question of what kind of city Detroit will be, post-bankruptcy.

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My advice to 2014 graduates

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

Congratulations to the class of 2014. As you move on to college, I encourage you to study science and technology. Whether as an academic major or a one-time elective, courses in science, technology, engineering and math will serve you well.

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Editorial: Fill the auto talent pipeline

The Detroit News: May 29, 2014

The automotive industry thrives on innovation and creativity. And its future promises even more excitement and opportunity as cars and technology become more closely aligned. That’s one of the messages the Detroit Regional Chamber is promoting at its Mackinac Policy Conference this week.

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Snyder sees chance to expand anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation

Detroit Free Press: May 29, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder sees an opportunity for the Michigan Legislature to move this year to include sexual orientation into the state’s anti-discrimination law, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act protects Michigan residents from discrimination based on race, gender, age and other characteristics, but not sexual orientation.

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Governor Snyder: Calls on Michigan Leaders to Support Detroit’s Recovery

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Governor Rick Snyder challenged the Michigan business, government and community leaders at the 2014 Conference to work as collaborative partners in support of the expeditious settlement of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The Governor urged attendees to make a connection between the private and education sectors, as it would give Michigan a strong economic advantage, opportunity to grow and close the skills gap like nowhere else in the nation.

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Former Two-Term Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels: ‘Michigan is Getting its Mojo Back’

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The primary objective of government should be to control spending and balance budgets, while promoting an environment of opportunity that nurtures individual accomplishments and collective success. Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, stressed the importance of placing a premium on growing the private economy through responsible government.

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